Cajon Speedway 7 April preview

EL CAJON, CA. The local stock car drivers finally get their first . opportunity in 2001 to tackle Cajon Speedway's pavement this Saturday . night Late model sportsman, street, pony, and bomber stock cars will be. in NASCAR Weekly Racing...

EL CAJON, CA. The local stock car drivers finally get their first . opportunity in 2001 to tackle Cajon Speedway's pavement this Saturday . night Late model sportsman, street, pony, and bomber stock cars will be. in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action on the 3/8 mile paved oval. And . if enough excitement is not packed into that four-division card, the . first destruction derby of the season will cap the evening. Race time . is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15. Practice starts at 4:00 .

This will actually be the third event of the new millennium at Cajon. The NASCAR Southwest Series kicked off the year two weeks ago. Last Saturday night Cajon hosted its first USAC Western States sprint car event. So the local drivers have had their racing appetites whetted and are itching to get behind the wheel.

Still one local division must wait two more weeks before their first race. The Grand American modified division will not run until April 21.

All five champions from Cajon in 2000 will be back this year. But only three of them may be defending the titles. Jerry Gay, who took sportsman honors last year, will be seeking a third championship trophy. He also prevailed back in 1996. Mike Salm prevailed in the open wheeled modified and will be back. Danny Gay has won the last two street stock titles. He will be taking this year on his dad in the chase for the late model sportsman title after moving up a class. In the pony stocks, Ed Hale will be once again taking on all comers. Bomber stock champ Pat Garity will be back in the class again this year, but is only willing to commit to about ten events this year.

Jerry Gay will have a brand new car at his disposal this year in the sportsman. Former super stock champ Mike Hagerman is building a new Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the campaign. Last year the championship chase wasn't settled until the final night of the season. Four drivers started the night within reach of the title. This year's battle could turn into another family affair. Among those joining Danny Gay in pursuit of his dad Jerry will be Ron Overman and his stepson Todd McLauchlan.

-Bob Gardner

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